The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT SAYS A "GRAND MEMORIAL TO
THE VICTIMS OF FAMINE" SHOULD BE BUILT IN KYIV
  

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Newsline
Central and East European
November 25, 2002

 

President Leonid Kuchma on 23 November addressed the nation on television with a speech devoted to the famine in Ukraine in 1932-33, which, according to various estimates, claimed 5-10 million lives, Ukrainian media reported.

Kuchma said Ukraine should insist that the world recognize the 1932-33 famine as an act of Bolshevik genocide against the Ukrainian people.

"The famine became a national catastrophe. In 1932-33 alone, one-fifth of Ukraine's rural population was killed," Kuchma said.

"This [act of] terror through famine was a cynical response of the Bolshevik authorities to the resistance of the Ukrainian peasantry to total collectivization and to the policy of transforming free farmers into silent slaves."

Kuchma said a "grand memorial to the victims of famine" should be built in Kyiv and smaller monuments in other parts of Ukraine. JM


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